Sewage spill shuts Durban’s Battery Beach

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A ‘no swimming’ sign at the Battery Beach in Durban.
A ‘no swimming’ sign at the Battery Beach in Durban.
Thabiso Goba

Durban’s Battery Beach has been temporarily closed due to a sewage spill from a nearby river.

Nicole Graham, DA eThekwini caucus leader, said the beach was closed on Wednesday after a sewage pipe burst. When The Witness sent questions to eThekwini Municipality, it responded that the beach was not closed. However, when The Witness visited the beach there was a sign saying the beach is closed for swimming or surfing “due to water testing”.

Beaches along Durban North have been closed since July due to a chemical spill from the United Phosphorus Limited (UPL) Chemical Plant in Cornubia.

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